Meet the Ambassadors

Danielle Riccardi,

Danielle Riccardi, "Young at Heart"

Contact Information

Campus Center

dlriccardi@wpi.edu

Danielle Riccardi, "Young at Heart"

  • Electrical and Computer
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

Methuen, MA

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I watched cartoons as a kid...and never seemed to grow out of them. Usually this first-hand knowledge lets me speak the language of the younger generation.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Women's Club Rugby
  • WPI Science Fiction Society
  • Newman Club

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

I chose to study at WPI because of the nerdy camaraderie. The seemingly large concentration of math, science, and engineering minds also created a school with a tendency toward video games and the sci-fi culture. These two themes also just so happened to be right up my alley. The professors were quite knowledgeable and caring of their students. I also saw a Nun on campus, and that really clinched it for me. It meant that there was a Newman Club on campus, a club of which I am also now gladly involved .

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?

My parents always encouraged me to play with LEGOs and K'NEX, and we had puzzles galore. I would play board games with my mother, and my dad and I would play Gamecube all night long. The hands on of the puzzles combined with the fun software aspect of the video games really led me to pursue Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to get a lovely job related to Electrical and Computer Engineering, enjoy the snows of New England, and pay off my loans.

Justin Rice,

Justin Rice, "The Helper"

Contact Information

Campus Center

jdrice@wpi.edu

Justin Rice, "The Helper"

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

Oakland, Maine

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am always happy to help others. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and or skills and I might learn something in the process.

 

Extracurricular Activities  

  • Outing Club
  • NG Engineering Ambassador Program

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?  

There were many reasons I choose WPI, including the its reputation among employers, 7 week terms, project requirements, excellent community in the electrical and computer engineering department, and the proximity to home.

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?  

No one specific person or experience influenced my decisions to study engineering, rather a string of events and people. As a kid, I loved Legos and the freedom they offer to create anything you want. As I got older I realized that I wanted to be able to help other people and potentially leave a lasting mark on the world. When I learned that engineers spent all day building new things, or at least thinking about new things to build, to help people I became interested. As I went through high school I had some excellent teachers who showed me the exciting parts of math and science, and some engineering applications, further solidifying my interest.The final building block was my excellent and supportive family.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to hike the Appalachian Trail and pursue my Master's Degree, in no specific order.

Kristina Walker,

Kristina Walker, "The Dedicated"

Contact Information

Campus Center

kewalker@wpi.edu

Kristina Walker, "The Dedicated"

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering & Robotics
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

St. Catherine, Jamaica

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am committed to whatever task I am presented with and I will work my hardest to fulfill my goals to the best of my ability.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • WPI Cheerleading Squad National Society for Black Engineers Connections (formerly EMSEP)
  • National Grid Engineering Ambassador

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

My sister graduated from WPI before my senior year of High School. She was a strong advocate for WPI and played a significant role in my decision process. After a lot of discussion WPI deemed to be the school for me because it is flexible and I knew that I would be able to get a practical experience throughout my 4 years. WPI’s project based curriculum aids me in preparing for the real world and provides the base for my future after graduation.

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?

Since childhood when I was introduced to computers and technology by my father, I decided that I wanted to be an integral part of the ever evolving innovative field of technology. I wasn’t sure exactly what that would entail, but as I grew up I was always intrigued by computers and the logic behind the way in which they worked and that led me to pursue engineering.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

After graduation I plan to work at a company where I am able to contribute to the company’s goal as I continue to learn and grow as an engineer. As well as go to Graduate School part time and pursue a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Mai Tomida,

Mai Tomida, "The Positive"

Contact Information

Campus Center

mtomida@wpi.edu

Mai Tomida, "The Positive"

  • Chemical Engineering, minor Material Science
  • Class of 2015

Hometown  

Cairo, Egypt / Tokyo, Japan

 

What does your skill nickname mean?  

I always have a positive attitude towards any tasks or events, and I'm also good at turning negatives into positives. I enjoy making people happy, make them laugh, and give them a reason to smile. :)

 

Extracurricular Activities  

  • National Grid Engineering Ambassador
  • Resident Advisor
  • Alpha Phi International Fraternity
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

 

Internships/Co-op Experience  

  • Summer Conference Assistant, WPI Residential Services, Summer 2012

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?    

I wanted to come to WPI because of its unique term system, and opportunity to work on a project off campus.

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?  

I had a wonderful teacher for my AP Physics class in high school. I never felt boring in his interactive, logical and fun class. His class was always full of laughter! He explained any difficult concepts with demonstrations so that the students were able to see what physically happens based on that concept or theory. I fell in love with science because of my amazing teacher!

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I would love to work in the Unites States after graduation, and gain as much experience as possible in the chemical engineering industry. I enjoy a challenging and team-learning environment.

Sandra Garcia-Fine,

Sandra Garcia-Fine, "The Enthusiast"

Contact Information

Campus Center

spgarciafine@wpi.edu

Sandra Garcia-Fine, "The Enthusiast"

  • Civil Engineering
  • Class of 2015

Hometown  

Cobleskill, NY

 

What does your skill nickname mean?  

When I am enthusiastic about something, I could go on and on about it forever. I love trying to spread my excitement and interest to others.

 

Extracurricular Activities  

  • Women's Varsity Crew
  • Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity
  • Student Support Network
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Grid Engineering Ambassador

 

Internships/Co-op Experience  

  • Intern, Delaware Engineering, Summer 2013 (yet to complete but super excited to start)

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?  

 

Three words: project based curriculum. I was drawn immediately to the opportunities that the IQP and MQP help create. The projects allow students to gain such wonderful experience that a lot of other schools don't offer. I loved the hands-on approach of the projects and the fact that a lot of the projects benefit people first hand. They aren't simply there for a grade, they're there to enrich students knowledge and make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?  

I have always had the utmost support from my family when it came to what I wanted to study in college. When I was younger I loved solving problems and building things with my hands. I played with K'nex and Legos constantly, and math and science were always my favorite classes. I knew from a young age I wanted to be an engineer. In high school, I was able to partake in a great program called Project Lead the Way where I was able to learn more about the engineering field. Here, I received even more support from my teachers. So in conclusion, it has always been the support of others that have ultimately helped me "cross the engineering divide."

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I plan to hopefully have a job doing what I love most: solving problems with solutions I helped design!

Veronica Rivero Gorrin,

Veronica Rivero Gorrin, "The Passionate”

Contact Information

Campus Center

vmriverogorrin@wpi.edu

Veronica Rivero Gorrin, "The Passionate”

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Class of 2015

Hometown

Caracas, Venezuela

 

What does your skill nickname mean?

I am driven by the things that I love. If there is something I really like, I will give everything to make it possible and get the best out of it.

 

Extracurricular Activities

  • National Grid Engineering Ambassador -
  • Vice-president, Architectural Engineering Institute for Students
  • Secretary, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Fundraising Chair, Habitat for Humanity

 

Internships/Co-op Experience

  • Intern, Weidoca C.A , Summer 2012

 

Why did you choose to come to WPI?

One of the main reasons I choose WPI was for its size. Back at home, I studied at a small school. Therefore, I knew the advantages that WPI’s faculty student ratio could provide me. I knew it will give me a greater interaction with professors, and therefore obtain a better understanding of the material learned. Also I felt in love with the diversity offered on campus, especially through the numerous opportunities to complete projects abroad.

 

Who or what experience helped influence you to "cross the engineering divide" and take steps to study engineering?

One of my biggest influences was my love for LEGOs. It always kept me engaged to the construction field. However, the possibility of me getting involved with the design of more efficient buildings that help reduce the environmental impact on the planet definitely made me cross the bridge to architectural engineering.

 

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I want to pursue a master’s degree in sustainable construction and focus on the design of “green” buildings.

 
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